Baton Rouge Road Defect Car Crash Attorney
Louisiana has particularly bad roads. We drive or ride on our roads and highways and we assume that the roads and highways are safe. More often than we would like, the design, construction, and maintenance of many Louisiana highways have been substandard for decades. In case after case, it is found that the responsible governmental entity has violated national standards, or even its own standards, in planning, building or maintaining the roads. And those kinds of failures can make car crashes in Louisiana more likely, and much more severe. Roadway defect car crashes are more common than we would like.
InjuredGo.com, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana roadway defect law firm, and Road Hazard attorney Ed Kramer have decades of experience in representing the victims of substandard roads and highways. Attorney Ed Kramer has tried The State of Louisiana to a jury and won over $1 million. He has also settled other cases for millions. Although there is a ‘cap’ of damages against the State of Louisiana, Attorney Ed Kramer wants to help you with your roadway defect car accident.
Legal Requirements Expected on Louisiana Roadways
There is no legal requirement that the roadways be in perfect condition and not every imperfection or irregularity will give rise to a highway defect claim. Each case must be evaluated on its own merit. That is why retaining an experienced lawyer is extremely important. The most common categories of roadway litigation are roadside hazards, sight obstructions, pavement edge drops, construction and maintenance work zones, and rail-highway grade crossings. These categories are of major concern not only because of the number of aims but also because of the number of claims involving life-adjusting injury or wrongful death.
Experts Often Make the Difference in a Roadway Defect Car Crash
Although many authoritative technical documents are used to prove or disprove negligence in roadway tort claim cases, the following seven key documents are used extensively for this purpose:
- Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets
- Roadside Design Guide
- Railroad -Highway Grade Crossing Handbook
- Traffic Control Devices Handbook
- AASHTO Maintenance Manual
- Traffic Engineering Handbook
The InjuredGo.com Law Firm builds legal teams specific to your case to help you get the best outcome.
Pavement Edge Drop Offs
In 1987, the Transportation Research Board determined that pavement edge drop hazards are greater than previously believed and pavement edge drops are a common source of tort claims against highway agencies. Considerable debate has occurred in courtrooms across the U.S., not only about what constitutes a hazardous edge drop, but also what duty roadway agencies have for either minimizing the occurrence of hazardous edge drops or warning of their existence.
Pavement edge drops can cause drivers to have unexpected collisions, particularly when they are surprised at night by the sudden drop of a wheel. Most commonly, the vehicle will be affected in one of three ways: (a) move abruptly across the travel lanes and either collide with opposing vehicles or roadside hazards off the far edge of the roadway; (b) overturn on the roadway or roadside; or (c) collide with roadside hazards beyond the edge drop.